ESSEX — The FBI raided the Essex home of 32-year-old William R. Johnson, a Baltimore County police detective, on Oct. 13.

An FBI spokesperson confirmed that agents had conducted “court-authorized activity” at Johnson’s home, The Baltimore Sun first reported. Chaz Ball, an attorney representing Johnson in other administrative proceedings told The Avenue News this week that he had been informed of the raid by a police department attorney.

It is still unclear what sparked the federal investigation, as of Tuesday afternoon.

A BCPD official said that Johnson is suspended with pay.

Ball said that Johnson was already suspended prior to the FBI visit and that he has a pending trial board hearing for internal discipline that is not related. The hearing date is still pending, as of Tuesday.

Johnson recently faced other legal woes, including a drunk-driving charge for which he was given probation before judgment, and a charge for violation of Maryland’s emergency Covid-19 regulations for which he was also given probation before judgment.

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